Actor Leslie Jordan died of sudden heart failure, according to an autopsy report by the Los Angeles County Coroner.
The heart dysfunction that Jordan suffered from was due to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. The 67-year-old actor was involved in a car accident when he died in Hollywood in October last year, but the autopsy report listed his cause of death as natural.
“The autopsy showed a well-nourished man with no evidence of life-threatening trauma,” the report said. A toxicology report was negative for ethanol, marijuana, common illicit drugs, and commonly abused prescription drugs like fentanyl and opiates.
Atherosclerosis occurs when the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of the body become thick and stiff, which the Mayo Clinic says can restrict blood flow to organs.
The coroner’s report listed “moderate to severe” cardiovascular disease caused by plaque buildup. It listed 80% stenosis (narrowing) of the anterior descending artery, 50% stenosis of the left circumflex artery, and 20% stenosis of the right coronary artery.
Jordan, known for his tiny 5’5″ height and starring in ‘Will & Grace’, ‘The Cool Kids’ and the movie ‘The Help,’ among others, became an even more notable star with his thoughts during the pandemic on social media that became memes.
A day after Leslie Jordan’s shocking death, tributes are pouring out at the Hollywood crash site and several celebrities, including Dolly Parton, have offered their condolences to the late star.